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Submitted by the Grand Infidel of Kaffiristan (Australia), May 21, 2012 at 23:56

His sacred majesty Asoka , quoted by Mr Belarabe :

"His Sacred Majesty the King does reverence to men of all Sects…. But the root of it is restraint of speech, to wit, a man must not do reverence to his own sect or disparage that of another man without reason. Depreciation should be for specific reason only, because the sect of other people all deserve reverence for one reason or another. "

Yes, Mr.Belarabe - that's why on this blog you won't find too much criticism of Judaism, Christianity, Sikhs, Buddhists etc. There's no reason to.

When you take on a cloak of piety Mr. Belarabe, just remember it is not a magical cloak that shields you and your co-religionists and their beliefs from much warranted criticism.

".By acting contrariwise, a man hurts his own sect and does disservice to the sects of other people. For he who does reverence to his own sect while disparaging the sect of others wholly from attachment to his own, with intent to enhance the splendor of his sect in reality by such conduct inflicts the SEVEREST INJURY on his own sect."

translation: do not criticise Islam.

Actually the greatest disservice someone can do is to allow ignorant fanatics who believe in garbage to subtly or overtly undermine the culture and lives of others.

"Beyond spreading the moral virtues of Buddhism, Ashoka also insisted that the word of the Buddha be read and followed, in particular in monastic circles (the Sanghas):"

And, my, my, Mr. Belarabe, good King Asoka was a Buddhist - you know that guy represented by 2000 year old world heritage statues, blown up by those great respecters of tolerance and religious freedom - your co-believers, the Taliban. OK, I know they are more devoted than you - and you yourself would do no such thing .

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